I was going to make her birthday cake like I usually do but this year she requested a caterpillar one from the supermarket. You can buy these at any store but depending on where you go their names are different. This one is Wiggles and comes from Sainsburys. Curly the Caterpillar belongs to Tesco, Clyde lives at Asda and Morrisons have a Cheeky Caterpillar cake. We ate the cake for breakfast while she opened her presents and cards. She didn't get many gifts but the money rolled in, the lucky girl.
In the evening my Mum came down with my niece and her partner who were visiting from Cirencester and we had a Chinese. We've not had a take-away for ages so it was a nice treat. I am a creature of habit where take-aways are concerned. Sweet and Sour Chicken from the Chinese and Chicken Tikka from the Indian. I have never deviated from these choices and don't expect I ever will. After we'd eaten Amy took herself to her room to do what teenagers do best - be on their own, doing their own thing, while we sat talking.
Sophie had a training day at work on Wednesday so we looked after Sienna. We had a trip to Bury and then she spent the afternoon playing with Granny's ribbons which kept her entertained for ages. I'm going to get a tub and put lots of different things in it for her to play with.
She's eating proper food now as well. There are no dainty crustless sandwiches for this little lady but there were cucumber slices on the side. Mark can't watch her eat food like this. He's convinced she's going to choke and it panics him so he has to go and stand in the kitchen. It's amazing how much she can actually eat by sucking food to death.
Both me and Thomas had physio appointments this week. I was in and out within 5 minutes. All I had to do was show him how far I could bend, which wasn't very far but better than a few weeks ago. I just have to carry on with the exercises and go back in a month. Thomas' appointment was much more fun. He got to juggle again and play a game. It's been decided that he'll go back for a check up every 6 months for the next 3 or 4 years so they can keep an eye on him while he's growing, just to make sure his leg is keeping up.
We don't usually celebrate Valentine's Day at Number 38 so when a beautiful bouquet of flowers were delivered on the day (including lilies!) it was certainly a lovely surprise, especially as the night before Mark had clarified the situation by asking "we're not doing Valentine's are we?" to which I'd replied "No". Ever since Amy was born whenever he sends me a bouquet there is always one rose included.
I've finished this little set for a preemie charity. There's the blanket I started last week, 2 bonding squares, a hat and a cardigan.
And also an octopus which might seem a strange toy but they've been requested because the tentacles remind babies of umbilical cords. It's funny though because you're not allowed to knit or crochet anything with holes in just in case tiny fingers and toes get caught, but 8 tentacles in an incubator are obviously acceptable. I suppose as long as baby doesn't move too much it's fine but I wouldn't put one in with a wriggler.
We had a late night last night and I didn't get out of bed til 11am today! After a breakfast of poached eggs and bacon provided by the man of the house I finally got the sewing machine down to finish the lilac quilt. I've really struggled with the circle on this, the sewing machine went too fast and my hand sewing wasn't neat enough so I decided to try the machine again but this time I turned the wheel thingy by hand. Although it made my wrist ache it worked really well. I won't make a quilt like this again though!
It's half term this week and I'm hoping the weather will be kind so we can get out for a couple of days. It's hard to get Thomas out of the house so I think any trips will be local. He'll moan about having to get dressed and take part but I always feel better on his behalf when he's had some fresh air! I'm determined he's not spending all week exercising his thumbs.
I finished reading Cast Off Kids so there are now 2 books on my Book Page. Reading about how things have changed in the care system since the 60's, some for the better, some for the worse, was really interesting. Next up is Fifteen Lives of Harry August and then one Amy has recommended called A Quiet Kind of Thunder. I won't need to buy any books for a while now because Amy has a shelf full that I've not read. Her reading genre is very different to mine but she chooses some really good ones and her bedroom is like my own personal library.
It's been a long time since I cooked a Sunday lunch, I tend to do a roast one night in the week these days which seems easier. Instead I've started to lay the table every Sunday for tea. The tablecloth gets put on and then I put out sandwiches, cakes, nibbles and a pot of tea and we have a help yourself session. This week my dessert choice was lemon cheesecake with kiwi fruit.
And that's about it. I'm looking forward to not having to get up early for the next 7 days although I don't think I'll be rising at 11am again even though I think late to bed and late to rise is my natural sleeping pattern.
I'm not going to start any new projects with Amy and Thomas being off but I'm aiming to finish off the knitted sleeping bag this week.
Tomorrow evening me and Amy are going to the cinema to see La La Land which we're looking forward to. I also fancy watching Lion and I Daniel Blake but will probably wait for them to come out on Virgin.
My friend is coming for lunch on Wednesday with her 6 year old and if the weather is nice a trip to the park to feed the ducks is planned.
I wish we were out in the van for a couple of days but we both agreed it was probably a bit too cold at the moment and Amy and Thomas just wanted to stay home for their holiday as well which is fine.
If you've already had your half term I hope it was a good one. If it's just started like ours, then I hope you enjoy it. And if half term doesn't apply to you then I hope your week is full of whatever you want it to be.